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Duke performs America's first adult heart donation after circulatory death

December 6, 2019


Doctors at Duke University Hospital have performed the country's first-ever adult heart transplant through a process called donation after circulatory death, and one of the surgeons involved says the process could expand the heart transplant donor pool by as much as 30%.

The White House wants hospitals to disclose their 'secret' prices. Now, hospitals are suing.

December 5, 2019


The American Hospital Association and other hospital groups on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration that seeks to block a final rule that that requires hospitals to publicly post their insurer-negotiated rates.

How Vermont wants to import Rx drugs from Canada

December 4, 2019


Vermont last week became the second state to submit to HHS a proposal to import prescription drugs from Canada, as President Trump in recent weeks has reiterated his intention to allow states to do so.

More veterans are accessing care via telehealth, VA says

December 4, 2019


Veterans Affairs (VA) last month announced that an increasing number of veterans are using the department's telehealth services, pointing to a 235% increase in use of the VA Video Connect app in fiscal year 2019.

Is CBD actually safe? Here's why FDA is sounding the alarm.

December 3, 2019


FDA is raising new safety concerns about products containing cannabidiol (CBD), particularly CBD-containing foods, and last week sent warning letters to 15 companies the agency said are illegally marketing CBD products.

Federal exchange signups still lag behind last year, but are picking up pace

December 2, 2019


CMS on Wednesday announced about 2.37 million people have signed up for federal exchange plans so far during the Affordable Care Act's current open enrollment period, which is down by about 2% when compared with the first four weeks of last year's open enrollment period.

Judge vacates criminal convictions against pharma execs in first-of-its-kind opioid case

December 2, 2019


A federal judge on Tuesday partially vacated criminal convictions against former Insys Therapeutics executives in a first-of-its-kind case accusing the executives of contributing to the opioid epidemic.

Judge blocks policy denying visas to immigrants without health coverage

December 2, 2019


A federal judge on Tuesday issued a ruling blocking a Trump administration policy under which the federal government would deny immigrants visas if they cannot prove they can afford to cover their medical expenses or that they will be enrolled in health coverage.

The Medicare Plan Finder tool got a big update. (It's not going well.)

November 27, 2019


CMS earlier this year updated the Medicare Plan Finder tool for the first time in a decade, but users are reporting various technical glitches with the revamped tool, which they say are causing inaccurate cost estimates.

How CDC's 'disease detectives' are cracking the case of the vaping-linked lung illness

November 27, 2019


In a race to identify the cause of the current outbreak of a vaping-linked illness, CDC's "disease detectives" faced an unprecedented number of challenges, including the unenviable task of diagnosing "a new disease that present[s] itself in different ways" and navigating several thousand potential "suspects," the Washington Post reports.

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